Below are some important facts about Belle Isle that you can use to pass our Belle Isle City of the Week Quiz!
Original Island Name
When the French first settled the island, they called it “Hog Island”. They let their hogs graze on the island and did not have to worry about them wandering away.
Belle Isle Name Sake
The name “Belle Isle” is in honor of the youngest daughter of Lewis Cass, the Territorial Governor of Michigan in 1845.
Belle Isle Bridge
The bridge to Belle Isle is named after General Douglas MacArthur.
Monuments and Attractions of Belle Isle
Today Belle Isle Park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Center, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a municipal golf course, a half-mile (800 m) swimming beach, and numerous other monuments and attractions. It is also the site of a United States Coast Guard station. The Detroit Yacht Club is located on an adjacent island, connected to Belle Isle by a bridge.
Belle Isle and the Grand Prix
In 1992, Belle Isle hosted the first Grand Prix Indy Car race on the island. The race was won by racing legend Bobby Rahal. Since then, the race has been held annually with a few breaks due to the economic crisis of 2008 and the recent global pandemic. The Detroit Grand Prix promoted by Detroit business and racing icon Rodger Penske has poured millions of dollars into improvements on Belle Island over the years.
Belle Isle City Of The Week QUIZ!
Now it’s time to test your knowledge… take the Belle Isle City of the Week quiz HERE!